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School board District C seat representing most of Idaho Springs • Kelly Flenniken, incumbent, running unopposed. She has two students at Carlson Elementary School. • While school board members …
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School board District C seat representing most of Idaho Springs
• Kelly Flenniken, incumbent, running unopposed. She has two students at Carlson Elementary School.
• While school board members represent a specific area, everyone in the district votes for the seat. The election is Nov. 2.
Kelly Flenniken, who graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1997, is the director of community relations for Xcel Energy. She also serves on the Colorado Succeeds board, a coalition of business leaders helping with education and preparing graduates for jobs in the workforce.
Flenniken is in favor of the $33 million bond the school district is asking for to improve buildings.
“I think that it’s an important tool for teacher retention and for, I believe, the psychological impact on students, teachers and staff in our buildings. When we can show that we support you and you are worthy of our investment, it has a profound impact for people in our buildings.”
Flenniken said it took time for her to support a four-day school week, noting she now sees the many benefits such as having the fifth-day free provides time for teachers to plan. She added that she wants families to be supported in the endeavor.
“I think it makes sense with our learning model,” she said. “I think our younger kids can get exposure to things they might not, and it will expose older learners to a variety of different career pathways.”
She said while she doesn’t like wearing masks, she really doesn’t like having her children home trying to learn remotely.
School board District B seat representing northeast Clear Creek County
• Jessica North, running unopposed for the seat vacated by Mitch Houston because he is term-limited. She has three students at Clear Creek High School.
Jessica North has been active in the school district since moving here two years ago. She’s been chair of the Clear Creek Accountability Committee, and she has been volunteering with the Mountain Youth Network.
North believes the $33 million bond to improve buildings is a good idea, noting that she appreciated the district’s vision for its buildings.
“I hope everyone would recognize that providing the best spaces for our current students and an even better opportunity for our future students is why we invest now,” she said.
She says her children are excited about the possibility of a four-day school week, adding that she wants to make sure students who need it still have access to the district’s breakfast and lunch programs, that transportation is available to students participating in fifth-day activities and that the district finds a way to balance lengthening the school day with lengthening the school year to not overtax students.
Regarding masks, she said, “As much as we dislike wearing a mask, all of the science and information that we have says that it’s the best thing we can do to help one another and to ensure we (keep school) in person.”
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